A building project in Chestnut Hill raises awareness about how historic preservation builds community. Read story about the neighborhood, the clashing project--up for a vote by the city, Dec. 10--and preservation history.
From the McClure dream 100 years ago to the 4th generation's agricultural leadership, the Hickory Nut Gap story evolves. Read story.
Jennifer McLean stories
Literature of Madison
Celebrate and learn about Madison County's literary traditions by reading this survey. See about event, Oct. 25 & 26.
is a new Civil War madcap epic by Charles McNair. McNair website.
has been making memorable b&w photos of WNC landscapes for many years (Big East Fork, l.). He joins painter Peggy N. Root, and potters Josh Copus and Marlene Jack in an exhibition at Blue Spiral, with an Oct. 10 opening. Visit Dickson's website.
George Stuart, Maya expert
See feature about Barnardsville expert
The murder of VISTA worker Nancy Miorgan in Madison County in 1970 was never solved; Mark Pinsky investigates it in his new true crime book. Read story.
Latest from 3: Amberg, Owens, McIlvoy
Lee Smith's Zelda novel
Lee Smith's novel, Guests on Earth, resides in Highland Hospital, Asheville, 1937-1948. It looks into Zelda Fitzgerald and the famous fire. Even more notably, the book is a cry of love for misfits. Read review.
Robert Henry revealed
Rick Russell's new biography. Read story.
Tommy Hays, Oct. 20
McCrumb's native heroism
Sharyn McCrumb''s latest novel tells a Revolutionary War story through the voices of John Sevier and a camp follower. Read review.
Rural Life Museum Day
Grand re--opening celebration,. Sept. 28 at Mars Hill U. includes major exhibit, music, and reception. Learn more.
Carden releases bestiary
Author and storyteller Gary Carden debuts his Appalachian Bestiary at City Lights, 1::30 p.,m., Sun., Sept 1. Read about the new book.
Stories from Southside
Southside, an African American community in Asheville, was a vital place with many homes and businesses before it was urban renewed in the early 70s. Read "Southside Stories." Read the feature about the Southside remapping project.
Take WNC hurricane quiz
based on newly released 4th ed. of North Carolina's Hurricane History by Jay Barnes. Check it out.
Marcus Thomas, from paralysis to painter
Marcus C. Thomas, Weaverville painter, and Leslee Johnson, writer, have collaborated to produce a 25-year retrospective of the man who'd been paralyzed in a skiing accident in 1986. They present the book at Battery Part Book Exchange, Aug. 27. Read the remarkable story.
The drive-in era
Asheville teens in late 1950s were drawn to Tunnel Road's drive-ins. Read the memories.
Leading permaculturalist, Fred Bahnson, presents his book at Malaprop's, Aug. 14, making the connection between farming, spirituality, and community. Read about book.
1793 in WNC
Which stories offer us the best entrances into this region in the year 1793? Read and weigh in.
From folk tales to killing years, how has Scots experience been passed to Western North Carolinians. Read story.
Not Just about North Korea
The North Korea that Adam Johnson portrays in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is an extreme form of repression. Why this book is a must-discuss.
Charles Price: new book
The most deadly killing spree in Wild West history is the subject of Burnsville novelist's humanistic work of history, Season of Terror. Read review and insightful author interview. He's at Malaprop's Sun, July 21.
Bobby Hicks' 80th birthday concert
The legendary fiddler performed in a free concert in Marshall, July 21. Read about him and it.
The Asheville water controversy: What are the facts? Read Q&A.
"Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini creates a novel of worldwide compassion in "And the Mountains Echoed." Read review.
Andrew Solomon at Autism Pride Week
Andrew Solomon has written "Far from the Tree," a landmark book in understanding a range of non-mainstream people. Read story and interview.
Don Talley starts Swannannoa Valley page
Read about use of social media--i.e., Facebook page--to post lots of Black Mountain history--e.g., 1958 Owen High majorettes.
Disclafani's Blowing Rock novel
Anton Disclafani presents her heralded debut novel, "The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls," @ Malaprop's, June 7. See review.
Marshall depot saved for music
Linda Jarrett called her son, Forrest, about the threat to the depot; and a community music tradition started. Read story.
History detective finds Sondley ring
The ring that 30-year old Foster Sondley, renowned for his lifework, Buncombe's history, was found by Mark Ellis-Bennett. Read his story and more.
Mountain woman; soldier boys
The Vandercook letterpress at BookWorks is geared up for your poetry printings and a poet event, June 1. Read more.
Contemporary Appalachian anthology
Appalachian Gateway: An Anthology of Contemporary Stories and Poetry, new book from U of T Press, features work of 25 fiction writers and poets; and illuminating biographical sketches and bibliographies for each author.
Swannanoa Cemetery Tour
Swannanoa Valley Museum engages 3 experts to tour old cemeteries, May 25. See more about cemeteries, too.
Flora by Gail Godwin
Gail Godwin's 14th novel is getting raves everywhere. Read feature story and interview.
“A History of Burnsville” at Parkway Playhouse
Parkway Playhouse theatre opens its 2013 season on May 4 with “A History of Burnsville,” an informative and comic journey through the past of a WNC town.
The legend of George Masa grows
More information about George Masa, Japanese photographer in Asheville, 1915-1933, keeps emerging. Read more.
Jill McCorkle novel
Short story master's first novel in 17 years is moving, important, compelling. Read review.
Wayne Caldwell honored
The author of "Cataloochee" and "Requiem of Fire" won a prestigious prize. See what; consider his work.
Wiley Cash book, interview, talk
Grapes of Wrath at ACT
The production of Frank Galati's script inspires a look at and discussion of the humanity of Steinbeck's novel Read feature. (Photo by Micah Mackenzie)
Author feature: Betty Cloer Wallace
The 24th of a 25-volume Tuckaseegee pre-Revolution saga is out; read what it portends.
Dale Neal: the book & interview
Read about Dale Neal's new regionally set novel; and his talk about his roots, style, and sense of history.
"Why civil wars?"--a 1792 question
Read dramatization of Asheville meeting and talk of State of Franklin.
Author feature: MariJo Moore
Read about MariJo's 14th book; and catch up on her active career.
The State v. Our Culture
Read about what's being planned to cut the humanities and heritage sites.
Pulitzer winning poet re: his dyslexia
at Apr. 3 event
Singing in Lufty Baptist Church
Tipper features, on her website, Blind Pig and the Acorn, her trips to churches in the Great Smokies Park. Hear and see the beautiful singing she brings to one.
Read about Keith Flynn's ambitious new book of poems.
1792--Did they meet in a tavern?
Read the story about the men who met to decide where the region's first courthouse was to go.
Ron Rash's new tales
Danny hikes and tells
See about hiker/author Danny Bernstein's latest book.
Duncan's writing taps a deep local pool
Read about new poetry book and interview.
Asheville Poetry Review
Read about the new issue, its poems, reviews, essays, and prizes; its feature on Sam Hamill; and a poem by Catherine Carter about how the young need us.
"It was the first photo I found in the Eliada archives, and it ignited the fire that fueled my need to tell the story of this orphanage."
See the full photo and read Cliff David's story.
Murder at Noland Gap video
See the video of the trip to Noland Gap, where the Haywood County sheriff was murdered in 1862. Click on photo. Read story.
Alan Michael Parker@ASU
App State opens its Spring Visiting Writers' Series with poet/fiction writer Alan Michael Parker, Feb. 28. Image from ASU flyer. See website.
Tales of GPI published; Arts & Crafts show now
National Arts & Crafts Conference--Feb. 22-24. Bruce Johnson tells great tales in new book. Read.
Beacon Blankets documentary in progress
Serpent Child, a veteran Black Mountain theater and media production company, is turning the history of the Black Mountain manufacturer and village-builder into a film. Read more.
Bell's Traditionals trail-blazed 1960s Biltmore Village
Bill Bell, founder of Bell's Traditionals. and Jody Anderson talk about the clothing business that started retail success in the village during its slumbering period. Read story and see video.
Progress made on Nina Simone birthplace in Tryon
Nina Simone, legendary musician and activist, born and raised in Tryon, is subject of much loving attention, including recent home preservation effort.
Blue Ridge Commons wins Wolfe Award
Kathy Newfont's book on forest commons history has won the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Award.
Rob Amberg photos
See photographer Rob Amberg's photos and documentary text on his blog.
How do we name?
Dr. Donna Lillian of ASU, new president of the American Name Society, looks at "Sandy"; "Ms.," "Gangman," "Malaga," and more. Read article.
Campus read @ ASU
"American Dervish," a coming-of-age story about a Muslim-American boy by Ayad Akhtar, has been selected as Appalachian State University’s summer reading novel for 2013.
Ghost of servant seeks mate
The early residents led a kind of Downton Abbey life, and their servants identified with their houses so much, they hung around a very long time. Read the story.
Combined best books lists, 2012
See compiled list of best books from many sources, including local suggestions.
Civil War letters
Cliff Davids' Eliada oral history reveals family letters from Union soldier.
How does Asheville ornament?
See the survey article on ornament in Asheville architecture.
Charles Price ventures out
Acclaimed writer of historical fiction set in WNC published a western, story that explores John Wesley Hardin's mind. See review and interview.
2nd Amendment justification calls for history
A movie reenactment of The Battle of Athens (Tenn.) on YouTube has arisen as a justification for armed militias. Read about it and the history of armed citizens in WNC.
Fire in the Ashes by Jonathan Kozol
is his review of 25 years working with and writing about America's poorest children. Read about the prize-winning author's book, and see who voices concerns of the poor in WNC.
Dean Bakopoulus talks on horror
Paul Reid rounds out Winston
Tryon author Paul Reid completes the late William Manchester's Winston Churchill trilogy. Reid's at Malaprop's Jan. 5. Read interview.
Alexander Cameron, Cherokee friend
Read about British agent who kept peace on frontier, and fought with Dragging Canoe; and read about new book.
Great Smokies Writing mag fall issue
See UNCA's Great Smokies Writing Program lit mag. Photo of North Cornwall accompanies editor Elizabeth Luyten's lead piece. Contributors Cathy Vance Agrella, Terry Gess, and LJ Faulkner read from their works at Malaprop's, Oct. 21.
Hendersonville Palestinian Lina Adas has translated Bahia Abrams' novel, The Other Half of My Soul into Arabic. Read about their lives, missions, and events.
A remarkable memoir: from fundamentalism to free thinking
Virginia Redfield has written an accomplished memoir that looks back at her Depression Era childhood. Read about it.
Barbara Kingsolver--new novel; local date
She's at UNCA, Nov. 28. Read interview and more.
Luke Hankins intros
devotional poems by today's poets, included in new book, Dec. 9
See Luke Hankins page to read more
N.C. Lit and History Conference
The Annual Meeting of the N.C. Literary and Historical Association takes place in Asheville on November 15-16. See about keynote speakers, free public programs
Experts on race, Wolfe, and the Harris incident
"Child by Tiger," the story by Thomas Wolfe based on Will Harris' murderous rampage in 1906, is the focus of a talk on race and Wolfe by Darin Waters and Joanne Mauldin. Read about story & events.
Acclaimed novelist Russell Banks speaks at Warren Wilson College, Nov. 17. Read more.
Memories of old Biltmore Village
After Vanderbilt, before the commercial renaissance, there was a close-knit village of residents and merchants. Read about it.
David Madden's new novel.
He's at Malaprop's Nov. 10. Read review and interview.
New books by authors of this region
More books; fewer reviews--how do we support authors of this region? Susan Snowden publishes Southern Fried Lies; Jack Brody, The Moroni Deception. Read up and weigh in.
Award-winner at 2 events. Read about great honor and appearances.
Terrell Garren on Cherokees in Civil War
Read leading historian's presentation to NC UDC.
Outcasts United author in area
Warren St. John comes to Mars Hill College, Oct. 15, to talk about his book about the refugees' soccer team in Georgia. Read review and interview; and about event.
Pretty Polly conveys ancient message
Read how the Pretty Polly ballad and its English antecedent, Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight had developed a 2,000 year-old story.
Kathryn Stripling Byer, Maya Angelou & John Lawson in Hall of Fame
The N.C. Literary Hall of Fame inducts 3 authors, Oct. 14. .Read about event; and see list of all inductees.
Major event: Robert Youngdeer
The Museum of the Cherokee issues the memoirs of a notable figure. Oct. 5book launch in Cherokee.
John Hart brings thriller to Asheville
John Hart, author of The Last Child, sets his new thriller in these mountains, and speaks at UNCA, Oct. 5. Read about the extreme survival psychology in his novel, Iron House.
O. Henry stamp gets it partly wrong
The USPS issued an O. Henry stamp on Sept. 11, 2012, his 150th birthday anniversary, associating him with New York. Read about his Tarheel roots and heart.
Terry Roberts goes inside Hot Springs POW camp
Read book review, and see about Sept. 20 and Sept. 29 events.
Katherine Soniat's new book of poems
Annette Clapsaddle and Dawn Gilchrist-Young of Swain County reveal novels, Aug. 28.
Two Nobel Prize-winners
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman comes to Asheville and Burnsville to talk about The Silenced Majority, her book of urgent articles. Read review, and about appearances.
Disastrous floods in WNC
Read the story about 13 disastrous floods in WNC from the 17th to the present century.
Hatfield-McCoy feud--it's personal
Read about Lisa Alther's non-fiction exploration of history, family, and stereotypes
Why the Nikwasi mound is inviolable
Read the story about the Cherokee mound in Franklin, recently sprayed with herbicide by the town.
Ingalls of Banner Elk publishes 4 new titles
Read about Casey's Calbough's novel, and see what else is going on.
12 WNC Notables @ Grateful Steps
Read about Jack Prather's book; Aug. 4 event; and the publisher, Grateful Steps.
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games through the weekend
Send the boy to Thunder
In Cherokee lore, boys were initiated into manhood through ball play in Thunder's field. Read about it.
Nancy Dillingham's Americana Rural, poems & stories. Read about.
New Mitchell County history
The county has engaged Elizabeth Hunter and a committee to produce the 150th anniversary book. Read about it.
Mark de Castrique today at 3
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Signs of greatness: read. Book discussion, July 12.
Read aboutAsheville author and workshop leader, whose trip to a Virgin Mary site in Medjugorje, Bosnia in 1989 has led to "Mary's Way."
Cherokee prehistory--survey of digs
Read the story; see links.
Nina Simone Legacy grows
Read about the Tryon-born musical and civil rights icon.
graced Macon County's 5th Annual Literacy Night and Read 2 Me program. Read about the landmark events and the essay-writing winners.
What if Lincoln lived?
Author David Madden gives talk; exhibit comes to Haywood. Read more.
Wolfe Award: past & future
Deadline for nominations for WNCHA's annual literary honor is July 15.
Read about his new book of poems, with Elizabeth Ellison's artwork. Ellisons are at Malaprop's July 13.
Wood carving got good things going, 1901
Read aboutEleanor Vance's Boys' Club and Biltmore Industries
The Chautauqua, June 18-21
Scholar-actors bring Carl Jung, Golda Meir, Denmark Vesey, and Winston Churchill to evening shows at A-B Tech. Read about it.
Carden's Kephart play & WNC playwrights
Read about Outlander, Parkway Playhouse, and the drama scene.
Read Little Journeys; see Arts and Crafts features.
SIBA nominationsfor best Southern books of year
NPR's Summer 2012 Reading List
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2012 announced
Luminarium by Alex Shakar for ficion; see more.
Regionalisms in 5 volumes
The five-volume set of Dictionary of American Regional English is now complete. Read about it and see fun & games.
Geraldine Brooks' Caleb's Crossing
Graphic novel milestone--editor in town
Read about Graphic Canon, V. 1; and Russel Kick at Malaprop's, June 6.
See Dave Turner's book, Billy Ray's Chevrolet And Other Writings And Photographs From A Southern Appalachian Valley--namely the Riceville and Bull Creek area--Now on e-book.
Go-to guy Fred Seely made ENKA happen
Read storyabout the way business worked in the 1920s.
1980s movement stopped clearcutting
Read about the popular campaign and about Kathryn Newfont's book, Blue Ridge Commons,
See about Civil War images exhbit at Fontana Library
Who won IPPY Awards? See here.
Wiley Cash, UNCA grad, presents debut novel
He's at City Lights, 7 p.m., May 18; Malaprop's, 4 p.m., May 19. Read review.
Interview with Elizabeth Kostova.
See aboutMay 18 author show and Blue Riudge Bookfest..
Liar's Bench, May 17, 7 p.m., WCU, features tribute to Cherokee chief
Kathryn Stripling Byer enters NC Literary Hall of Fame
along with Maya Angelou and John Lawson. Read NC Arts news.
Jargon Society, landmark publisher, now part of Black Mountain College museum.
Julia Alvarez's memoir of empathy
Read aboutAlgonquin Books author's novel-like account of getting to know Hispaniola's underclass.
Godwin, Frazier, McCrumb, Caldwell and others. Read more.
Marijo Moore, Carol MacAllister, Scott Owens
Moore's next date is May 5.
MacAllisterwon YA award.
See author features below for Owens.
Asheville Wordfest May 2 - 6; Hicks family tale-tellers, May 5
See Wordfest websitefor schedule of poets and tellers.
New book includes shocking Asheville tale
Read about the manhuntfor Broadus Miller, an Asheville black man during a period of racial hysteria.
Rash's new novel: The Cove
What's the true story of Lover's Leap ghost? Read here.
Civil War sterographs from Atlantic
This photo of the Army of the Potomac and many more are on The Atlantic magazine website.
Nancy Dew Taylor wins award
Poet wins NCHC's Linda Flowers Literary Award for "Mill Creek Suite." Read more.
Bancroft Prize winners named
History prize shared this year by Anne Hyde's Empires, Nations and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860; Daniel Rodgers' Age of Fracture; and Tomiko Brown-Nagin's Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement. Read more.
See author Jenny Bennett's novel; & photos
Rose McLarney has new book of poems
WNC-raised, award-winning poet and Warren Wilson College teacher publishes The Always Broken Plates of Mountains. See more.
Nina Simone biographer at Pack
Nadine Cohodas, author of Princess Noire, at Pack Library, Mar. 28. Read more.
Liars Bench presents hangman's tales, Apr. 15
Mallory McDuff on environmentalism & churches
See authorof Sacred Acts at All Souls program, Apr. 26.
Naked Came the Leaf Peeper launch
Serial mystery novel set in Asheville with chapters written by 13 local masters launches Mar. 30, UNCA. Read review & learn more.
Death of a Salesman phenomenon
The New York Times kicks off a community discussion of "Death of a Salesman" with online bonuses. See more.
Walter Dean Myers named Children's Lit Ambassador
L of C's Center for Book announces news.
Writers for Friends of Smokies Apr. 5
Best plan for authors? Book fests.
Read Bill Ramsey's opinion piece; join the discussion.
See feature authors at Blue Ridge Bookfest
Protecting the Forest
Kathy Newfont w book about wild commons at Malaprop's Apr. 30. See about event.
Urgent letter from Scott Turow: Amazon v. publishers
Nick Flynn, Suck City & Bomb Ticking
Acclaimed author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City; and The Ticking Is the Bomb, is at WCU, Mar. 22. Read feature.
Ron Rash in author show, Mar. 20; his career seen through his poetry
Read more. He keynotes WCU Spring Fest, Mar. 20.
Local boys fought at Seven Pines
The first battle for Richmond in 1862 took place in a swamp (now the Richmond International Airport).
Old Time Music Week
Registration has opened for Mars Hill College’s 21st annual Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week, June 3 – 9. Read story.
Stephanie Powell Watts debut story collection
Author from Lenoir presents stories of area's poor. Read about it.
Eugenides, Patchett--who else?
Gary Carden begins his telling of "Balsam Chronicles" in Mountain Heritage Center, WCU, Mar. 15, beginning with "Cashiers." Read about event.
Go to Carden's page.
Keith Flynn recommends books and salutes James Dickey on his active blog
Author Bruce Wheeler talks about history of Knoxville--see video
Jim Casada is turkey-hunting legend; see limited edition
Today's woman artists
Eleanor Heartney, noted art historian at WCU, Mar. 5; Black Mtn College Museum + Art Ctr, Mar. 6. More.
John Inscoe, history scholar
Karen Russell's imagination
The 30-year-old author's second book, a novel sensation titled Swamplandia!,is the focus of a program. Read review.
Sandra Cisneros in Asheville
Author of The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; and advocate for oppressed voices is at UNCA, Mar. 2. Read the story& learn more.
Firestorm--top 10 cool cafe pick, says Zagat
Carrie Wagner's bridge to Uganda
Carrie continues her global citizenship work with a photo show & a performance by Kinobe, top Ugandan musician, Mar. 1, A-B Tech. Event cancelled; photos still on show. Read about Global Citizenship.
Forrest Jarrett stories
Read about the railroad pistol-toter from Madison County.
Review of Hopping stories
Tipper's new book
25th Arts & Crafts conference, Feb. 17-19
See week of events. Read story: Who designed the GPI?
Lisa Alther serves up 6th novel
Alther, author of Kinflicks, reads from her new novel, Washed in the Blood, at Malaprop's, Feb. 24. Read about it.
Natasha Trethewey in town
YA Authors write about , local school focus on bullying
State legislature push to control Asheville's water
New poem by Julia Nunnally Duncan
Read "The Woods Watched Us" on WNC Woman.
David Madden's novel-writing workshop
Read aboutauthor's 1-week retreat, Feb. 20-25; and about his advice on revising fiction.
See video: A Madden fave--The Waveby Evelyn Scott.
Marijo Moore offers spiritual wisdom
About our time of change: "Not only is there fear coming from the falling of the masculine energies, there is also fear rising as the feminine energies rise." Read her blog.
Spellbound Children's Bookshop moves to 21 Battery Park, Feb. 1 || Asheville Wordfest gets $7G from NCHC || NCWN Creative Non-fiction contest || Read about William Matthews Poetry Prize || Algonquin will publish YA and middle-grade books in 2012.
Julian Barnes wins Booker Prize
German Book prize
Eugen Ruge won 2011 German Book Prize for his debut novel, In Times of Fading Light. Read more.
Survey of WNC Lit--beginnings to right now
Eleanor Ross Taylor
It's here! A video of Barbara Bates Smith,
"Ivy Rowe" and other shows.
Rose Senehi's Fairview novel
New anthology of 20-year Lenoir-Rhyne visiting writers
Jan. 15, 2 p.m.-- Liar's Bench on WMYA
How dialect usage works
Zoom in on Chap. 8 of Lady Chatterley's Lover
Scott Nicholson, local supernatural thriller writer
Dec. 21 at City Lights. Read about his books.
Foundation of Davidson sawmill
Read about the 1790s Bee Tree community-builder. Help recreate world of water-powered gristmills.
"Historical book structures"
Exhibition of artists' books based on study of history at BookWorks, Jan. 17.
Free Speech alert
Norton is publishing Ali H. Soufan's CIA memoir with CIA cuts. Read more.
John Lane has two new books
Urban News, voice of multicultural community
Read about publisher Johnnie Grant; her newspaper, Urban News; and experience of urban renewal in Asheville.
Keith Flynn & Holy Men on CD
New books about Transylvania
J.C. Walkup talks about Fresh,
WNC literary magazine See video.
Scott Douglass about Home for Wayward Clocks. Video.
St. Genevieve's old Auditorium building is threatened
Vote for Jennifer Pharr Davis, AT record-setter
Where do you dream?
is the theme of the new Fall 2011 issue of the online journal, The Great Smokies Review.
WNC Union Soldiers? Only at end
Read Terrell Garren's exchange with descendent.
Member feature: Gary Carden
See video of mountain panel
Charles Frazier, Wayne Caldwell, John Lane, George Ellison, Keith Flynn at Every Breath Sings Mountainslaunch.
Morgan expands west with great book
Connie Willis wins Hugo for best sci-fi novel
Willis won for Blackout/ All Clear. See list of winners and finalists..
New York Times reveals Amazon rave review scam